Repurpose: make a classic tote bag with your Copic Marker artwork!

 
 Use your Copic Marker or colored pencil coloring projects for more than cards! Make this classic tote bag with help from Kathy FS. | VanillaArts.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #realisticcoloring
 
 
 

Are your walls full?

And your fridge door?

And the cork board in your office? You are not alone.

If you’ve taken a Vanilla Arts Workshop, you know we color very LARGE.

Cardsize? Ha!

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In my classes, we go bigger-ish, which means either tacking projects to fridge or framing them.

And frankly, you can only frame so many coloring projects before the wall crumbles under the weight.

So I asked one of my favorite Grasshoppers, the wise and witty Kathy, to come on board and show us what she’s been doing with her her many, many Vanilla Arts projects.

And man, has she ever delivered!

For the last month, I’ve been getting lots of photos and teasers in my email and I’m ridiculously jealous. I soooooo want some of these projects in my home!

Today we’re starting off with an easy yet super functional project to ease you into the Repurpose project series.

Here is Repurpose #1, Kathy’s Classic tote bag.

 
 
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No more room!

By Kathy F.S.

Amy hosted the first “Over the Top Retreat” this past June. I was one of the lucky dozen to attend this four day coloring experience. It was quite a commitment for me to attend!

I wanted to be sure that I would get as much as possible from this event, upon my arrival I shared with Amy my goals for the retreat, but I also had an important request--

Can you start developing smaller projects or maybe projects not to my liking? I have no more space to hang my creations on the kitchen wall!

 Use your Copic Marker or colored pencil coloring projects for more than cards! Make this classic tote bag with help from Kathy FS. | VanillaArts.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #realisticcoloring

As you can see from these photos, I’ve become hooked on coloring. It is something I hadn’t done since elementary school (a long time ago).

Since February of 2017, I’ve colored every stamp and workshop available from Vanilla Arts Company! My husband is so supportive, he always says we must frame my finished art.

But there isn’t enough room in this house to hang more wall art, which is why he made me these great magnetic boards!

Amy listened to my plight (though she really didn’t say much); little did I know she was mulling this situation over.

Then one day she came to me in her polite and gentle way. She told me that she was not going to change her projects for my sake, but instead I could think about my projects in a new light...find new ways to use them.

Yes, to repurpose them.

I took this as a challenge!

I wanted to share my results because maybe you have also wondered what to do with your projects other than hang them on your wall, slide them in a photo album, paste them in a sketchbook or put them in a drawer.

This first project incorporates the Rose’ All Day (Powerpoppy.com) image that was featured in one of Amy’s Vanilla Livestreams at Patreon.

This image is perfect to adorn a bag to carry my coloring supplies whether I’m off to class or to the beach.

It is not possible for me to write a detailed tutorial on how to create this project. Whenever a computer is involved, there are just too many ways to achieve the desired end result.

Instead, I’ve created a helpful run-down of my process plus a few troubleshooting tips. It’s available below in a printable PDF download.


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Kathy FS is a Vanilla Arts student who enjoys hand-lettering her pointed puns and getting up incredibly early in the morning to sleepwalk the dogs. You can follow her on Instagram.


 
 Use your Copic Marker or colored pencil coloring projects for more than cards! Make this classic tote bag with help from Kathy FS. | VanillaArts.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #realisticcoloring
 
 

Classic Art Tote

Supplies used:

  • your completed coloring project (Rose’ All Day from Power Poppy used here)

  • camera or scanner

  • basic photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop- any version, Affinity Designer, Pic Monkey, etc.)

Skills required:

  • basic photography or scanning skills

  • basic photo editing sills plus the ability to save the photo as a .png file

Print Process:

Commercial mail order. Full color heat transfer vinyl onto canvas.

 
 

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